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Posted on June 16, 2019 Massa proves stripers still a possibility While most boaters were chasing fluke in the JAAA Fluke Tournament today, Joe Massa brushed off negative striper reports as I joined him this morning on My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. Bunkers were hard to come by in Great Kills Harbor, but Massa finally got one good shot at them with his castnet. There was no current in N.Y. Harbor when we got there, and fish marks were scarce in the many spots we checked out. The, when the ebb finally started running, we had an increasing south wind up against the currant. It was difficult to work small spots, but Joe put me into stripers of 36, (see photo below),35 and 34 inches on live bunkers. He had several hits, but none hooked up. Since we didn’t mark many fish, that catch wasn’t bad under very poor circumstances. Joe’s 30-foot Grady White handled the seas well even as the 30-knot south winds predicted did develop. Those winds are predicted to drop off after midnight, becoming 5 knots west in the morning– and shifting to south in the afternoon.   Happy Father’s Day     I’ll get the JCAA results out as soon as they’re available tomorrow. There was some good fluke news from Capt. Stan Zagleski of Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands as he picked some larger fluke early before the current got too hard and shut the bite off.  Doug Kay of Union Beach had a limit that included a 5 1/4 and the pool-winning 5  3/4-pounder. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported an unusual number of black drum being caught in the surf, with some anglers catching more than one.

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